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What are the important events that happened on August 27? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 27: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 27 is the 240th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 126 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 14, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 408,960 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatetracontagon’ day.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 154 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,345 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 27 Historical Events

  • 1232
    The Formulary of Adjudications is promulgated by Regent Hōjō Yasutoki. (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 1232)
  • 1689
    The Treaty of Nerchinsk is signed by Russia and the Qing empire.
  • 1939
    First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world’s first jet aircraft.
  • 1962
    The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission is launched to Venus by NASA.
  • 1991
    The European Community recognizes the independence of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Who were born on August 27?

  • 1944
    G. W. Bailey, American actor
  • 1970
    Karl Unterkircher, Italian mountaineer (d. 2008)
  • 1973
    Carlene Begnaud, American professional wrestler
  • 1979
    Rusty Smith, American shorttracker
  • 1981
    Demetria McKinney, American actress

Who died on August 27?

  • 1909
    Emil Christian Hansen, Danish fermentation physiologist (b. 1842)
  • 1969
    Erika Mann, German writer and daughter of Thomas Mann (b. 1905)
  • 1980
    Douglas Kenney, American humorist (b. 1947)
  • 2003
    Peter-Paul Pigmans, Dutch gabber music producer (b. 1961)
  • 2006
    María Capovilla, oldest living person from 2004–2006 (b. 1889)

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